#weekinreview - 28 September

A glance back over this week's primary care news, opinion, top tweets and best gaffes.


This week GP magazine revealed that clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are planning to add clauses to their constitutions to limit the role of private providers.


1. Incapacity benefits appeals heap unpaid work upon GPs
2. CCG authorisation can go ahead without all practices signing constitution
3. NHS health checks: is your PCT doing enough?
4. Services open to 'any qualified provider' revealed by DH
5. CCGs plan to limit private sector role


To the front page of The Independent and a story featuring #weekinreview regular and Miss World fan Dr Una Coales (@drunacoales) headlined: 'Senior GP: don't act too gay if you want to be a doctor' by Patrick Strudwick (@patrickstrud).

Dr Stuart Sutton (@StuSutton), London GP registrar, chairman of the RCGP's Associates in Training committee and co-chairman of GLADD (Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists), wasn't happy:

To the book's author, who describes herself as 'NHS GP, RCGP Council Rep, author & MRCGP courses educator. Presented C4's TBYBC. My personal views. www.drunacoales.blogspot.com':


GPonline.com will be reporting from the RCGP's annual conference in Glasgow next week. We'll let you know if we find Dr Coales, Dr Sutton, Dr Jessen and Professor Gerada together in a room in heated debate.



Inside Commissioning blogger Dr Su Stone (@drsustone) certainly didn't mince her words with her latest effort entitled: 'The spider infestation of high-flying bullies threatening the NHS'.

Choice quote? 'In every organisation it would seem are a few vicious bullies, throwing their weight around, terrorising colleagues, using the declared intent of ‘trying to get things done’ as their excuse.  They appear disguised as clinicians, as managers, and even occasionally as patients.  They are a threat to be feared and must be caught under a glass, inspected carefully, then chucked out the window.'

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